Real Madrid have always been a political club and Fabio Capello may have just taken the lid off a controversial element which every manager has struggled to deal with at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Italian boss claims that Karim Benzema has been regularly featuring in the starting line-up only on the insistence of president Florentino Perez, who is a big fan of the Frenchman.
Surprisingly, Alvaro Morata continues to perform well whenever he is called upon, and yet, he still remains on the bench. The 24-year-old has scored three goals and set up two more in his last four appearances, which total to just 79 minutes. Benzema, meanwhile, has four goals across 12 appearances in all competitions.
Benzema has been at Real Madrid for almost a decade after having arrived in 2009. He has undoubtedly had some brilliant spells with the club with the most notable being the 2011-12 season when he scored 32 goals in all competitions. Yet, he does not seem to be the missing link in the Madrid attack as the club already have players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale capable of replacing him.
Morata, though, offers something different and his physicality could be exploited by the team in difficult games. It has always been rumoured that Benzema is favoured by Perez and it is one of the main reasons he continues to remain a key player at the club. Capello said to Fox Sports Italia:
“Having to make a choice between Benzema and Morata is a dilemma every coach would love to have.
“I think Zidane has found the right solution. He starts with the French attacker, mainly because he is the president’s darling, and then brings on the Spaniard to decide games.”
Morata may have cost €30 million for Madrid to re-sign him from Juventus, but it may take more mediocre performances from Benzema for Zinedine Zidane to finally drop the Frenchman.